Most of the Turkish transport trucks have to use rolling highway systems in Trieste, which involve the conveying of road trucks by rail, in order to bypass the Austrian practice of allowing only 15,000 road transit permits per year to Turkish transport trucks.
Around 120,000 Turkish trucks per year enter central and northern European countries, including Turkey's number one trading partner Germany, through Austria, but the latter grants only 15,000 road transit permits to Turkish transport trucks.
The regular procedure is that trucks arrive in Trieste on ferries from Turkey and wait for 12 hours in the harbour to be conveyed to wagons.
In a written statement, Turkey’s International Transport Companies Association (UND) reiterated a 2007 agreement between Austria and Turkey, according to which Austria is obliged to grant road transit permits for trucks which wait for more than 12 hours due to compelling reasons.
UND also announced that Turkish truck drivers staged a protest over the delays in railroad transportation of their trucks.
In the statement, UND's CEO Fatih Sener said the Austrian practice of granting only 15,000 transit permits affect Turkey's trading capabilities with central and northern European countries adversely.
Earlier this month, Turkey had a transport row with neighboring Bulgaria when both countries closed their borders after Sofia approved only 5,000 of the 125,000 transit permits requested by Turkish trucks at the beginning of the year.
The row ended last month when Turkish Transport Minister Lutfi Elvan announced that Bulgaria had issued around 100,000 passes.